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Cultivating Our Cities, A Governance Strategy – Medicinal Plants And Uses In Latin America

Mate plant, or Yerba mate.

“In 1998, two scientific missions to Belem, Amazonia, have registered ninety seven species in the home gardens.” Paper in Spanish

By Isabel Maria Madaleno
Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical
Paper presented at The Association of Spanish Geographers, Urban Geography group, 9-14 July conference 2012. Galicia and North of Portugal.

Excerpt translated to English: Conclusions

The 20th century succeeding financial crisis, which number and cycle only increased in the 21st, constituted an excellent opportunity for all Latin American citizens to organize themselves in order to produce fresh food and to grow medicinal herbs in their home gardens, to mitigate pains and aches. To the urban agriculture plots whose produce they use in case of mild and chronic diseases, they add the collection of wild herbs on vacant lots, peri-urban farms and rural areas.

The compelling necessity to decrease the trade deficits and the sovereign debts led to the destruction of the national health care systems, worldwide. This fact, together with the decrease of the natural resources available to feed an increasing population, gave path to a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the last decade, and explains why the medicinal species are widely grown in front and backyards, as I’ve been observing in the last fifteen years, in Latin America.

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Farming The Big Apple – Robin Shulman interviewed by Michael Olson and Malcolm Jolley

Separate video interview: Robin Shulman interviewed by Malcolm Jolley about the amazing stories of food production, foraging and fishing within the municipal boundaries of New York city, and the deep urban agricultural heritage she discovered by writing her book.

Food Chain Radio Show #786 – interview with Eat The City author

Food Chain Radio Show #786
August 11, 2012
Michael Olson hosts Robin Shulman, author, Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Bee Keepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York

What can be farmed in the City?

New York City is made of asphalt, concrete, and steel, and thus not a place one would expect to find people producing foods that taste good.

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